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Small businesses in rural areas have been hit hard by various challenges, such as wildfires, flooding, mill closures, and curtailments. The Disaster Recovery and Economic Adjustment Initiative (DREAI) offers relief funding and resources through the Taking Care of Business Platform to support our local businesses.
Eligible businesses can access free workshops, mentoring, coaching, and training for themselves and employees. These resources are tailored to rural business needs and aim to help them stay profitable and sustainable. Small business owners can also connect with other owners facing similar challenges and receive expert advice from professionals. Get Taking Care of Business with Community Futures!
Financial Support is provided as a loan with terms as noted:
Are you a small/medium sized business affected by any of the 2021 disasters and/or are you concerned about preparing for the challenges created by these events?
Community Futures created this website to provide resources, support, and direction to businesses who may be impacted by wildfires, floods, landslides or any other natural disaster; this information is updated regularly. There is currently no funding secured for financial support of affected businesses however, there are resources available to assist with disaster mitigation and recovery.
Community Futures has a team of experts ready and available to speak with you regarding your unique challenges due to these unpredictable disasters.
Not sure where to start? Connect with an advisor through our toll-free number today:
The Export Navigator Program offers free expert guidance to businesses on exporting. Whether your business already exports at volume or you run a smaller enterprise that hasn't yet crossed borders, you will be put in touch with a helpful advisor who will demystify the export process. Although the current climate has disrupted the flow of goods and services, we can help you diversify your market and strengthen your business.
The program is available to all B.C. businesses located outside of Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria and offers specialized advisors for businesses owned by Indigenous Peoples, youth (under 30 years of age), and women.
Open your business up to new audiences by creating your own business profile for free.
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Community Futures Sun Country recognizes and acknowledges with gratitude we are collectively gathered on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Nlaka'pamux, Secwepemc, St’átl’imx, and Stó:lō Nations where we live, learn, collaborate and work together